Cast Allu Arjun, Sheela, Prakashraj, Poonam Bajwa, Sunil, Srinivasa Reddy, Prithvi, Chitram Sreenu, Dhanraj, Subbaraju, Jayaprakash Reddy, Raju, Jeeva, Jayasudha, Ali, Kalpana, Rajitha, Ragini, Delhi Rajes
Direction, story, dialogues and screenplay Bhaskar
Producer Dil Raju
Producer Dil Raju and director Bhaskar, who created magic among the class and mass audiences with the film Bommarillu has failed to repeat the same in this much-hyped film with Allu Arjun. The movie just doesn’t live up to the huge expectations. It has songs that are sensationally choreographed and has excellent camerawork, but it’s still a film with a plot that just doesn’t work.
Subbalakshmi (Poonam Bajwa), elopes with a guy of her choice, ditching the hopes of her dad Neelakanta (Prakash Raj). In utter shock and humiliation, the dad launches a manhunt sort of exercise to trace the couple. On enquiry with the friends of the girl’s boyfriend, they reveal some more names connected with the elopement. Krishna (Allu Arjun) is one among them, in Hyderabad.
Neelakanta gets the youth kidnapped and brings him to his place. Similarly, all the youth in the village are confined to a cowshed at his house. The kidnapped are told that they would be released only after the whereabouts of Subbalakshmi is known. From then onwards, starts the search for the girl. Krishna, finding himself cozy in the shed, falls in love with a girl (Sheela), who is none other than the second daughter of Neelakanta. Whether Krishna wins his game or not forms the crux of the story.
Allu Arjun as Krishna has excelled in performance but sadly he couldnt rise above the flawed script. His characterization has similarities with his previous film Aarya, in which he tries to unite an eloped couple. Same is being done here. However, he has come out with superb histrionics as an actor, other than the regular mass elements of stunts and dances. From the start to finish, Allu Arjun bubbles with energy.
Prakash Raj is a perfect fit as an agonized father on finding his daughter eloped. Sheela, compared to her previous films, has a lengthy and meaningful footage in this film and she has scored good marks for her performance. However, the chances of Sheela establishing herself as a glamorous heroine are ruled out. More than expose, she has come out with clean performance, emoting well according to the situations.
Sunil, Srinviasas Reddy and Chitram Seenu have contributed their might to the regular flow of the story and the comedy thread. Jayasudha appears as mother to Krishna (Allu Arjun), but her role is short. Poonam Bajwa is wasted.
The story is nothing new and the second half is clichéd and predictable. However, the music by Mani Sharma’s is good. A couple of songs showing Allu Arjun in swing are good, while the remaining numbers are average. There are several weak points in the film. The film is slow-paced and too lengthy and towards the end, one wonders who the hero is- Allu Arjun or Prakash Raj?
Instead of elevating the characterization of the hero (Allu Arjun), director Bhaskar concentrated much on establishing the pathos for Neelakanta (Prakash Raj).
By the time the film is finished, the audience find themselves sympathizing with Neelakanta, and almost forgetting the hero. For a mass hero like Allu Arjun, this kind of subject just doesn’t fit him. It’s an average film at best. Don’t go in expecting too much, perhaps you won’t be too disappointed.